Your Morning Links 04/13/2010


It’s Tuesday, and here’s what you need to know:

• The Chinatown building where a huge fire started on Sunday night “had more than two dozen open violations for hazardous conditions.” The blaze, which spread to three buildings, left 200 people homeless and dozens injured, and killed an 87-year-old man.

• Yesterday Bloomberg announced a $1 million renewal grant from the ASPCA to support the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals — a coalition of more than 160 animal rescue groups and shelters that work with Animal Care & Control of New York City. Hoorah for puppies!

Andrew Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union — the nation’s most politically active union — and one of President Obama’s closest labor allies, may be stepping down now that the health care bill has been enacted.

Subway countdown clocks are here! (Or almost here): The MTA has announced that real-time train arrival countdown clocks or message screens are now being tested at Bergen St., Eastern Pkwy-Brooklyn Museum, Nostrand Ave., and Kingston Ave. stations along the 2 and 3 lines in Brooklyn. The system is in the process of being activated for customer use at stations along the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 system-wide. This makes us very happy.

Lehman Brothers had an “alter ego” firm to which investments were shifted. Shady. With a name like “Hudson Castle,” what do you expect?

• The best place to live in New York City, per New York magazine, is Park Slope. P’shaw.

• It’s Opening Day at Yankee Stadium! They’ll play the Angels at 1:05 p.m.